Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Bublé
Bublé’s version of this Xmas tune is also a present every December. However, the song was introduced by the great Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, also a Christmas classic movie.
Frank Sinatra would later record a version with modified lyrics.
In 2007, ASCAP ranked it the third most performed Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written by ASCAP members. It’s also been included as number 76 in AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs.
Let It Snow by Dean Martin
The song’s full name is actually Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
It’s amazing how it’s become a Christmas standard when the tune never mentions Christmas! Still, it’s always played during the season (snowy in many parts of the world) and often covered by various artists on Christmas-themed albums though you’ll probably hear Dino’s version the most.
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
If you were a kid during the 90’s, then two Christmas songs make you think of “Home Alone”; this is one of them.
Jingle Bell Rock was first released by Bobby Helms in… 1957! And even though it’s been covered many times, you’ll always hear this version at least once during Christmas.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Nostalgia hits when you hear Rocking around the Christmas tree, particularly if you think of “Home Alone” and how old Macaulay Culkin (and therefore, you) have gotten since then.
Did you know that despite her mature-sounding voice, Lee recorded this song when she was only thirteen years old?!
By the song’s 50th anniversary in 2008, the original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town by The Jackson 5
It’s not Christmas if you don’t hear a little Jackson Five.
The song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934, becoming an instant hit.
It’s been covered by artists such as Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, Mariah Carey, or Bruce Springsteen but we still prefer the one by The Jacksons.
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John & Yoko
A very different Christmas song that’s definitely unforgettable.
Because it’s not all jingle bells and rocking around the tree. John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave us this beautiful song with powerful lyrics, lovely music (based on the traditional English ballad Skewball), and that memorable choir.
Of course, back then it had everything to do with the counterculture movement and the couple’s protests against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but it’s now become a Christmas standard.
Last Christmas by Wham!
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away.
This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special…
You can’t hear the song and not sing along. Besides, it’s everywhere: at the mall, the supermarket… even as background music for Youtube workout videos during Christmas!
Written and performed by George Michael; who can forget his mellow, soothing voice, or that album cover!
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
I think All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey is the Christmas song I’ve heard the most in my life. And not because I’d play it. It seems to be every store owner’s favorite.
You just hear that first line: I don’t want a lot for Christmas… and a few moments later, it’s filling you with Christmas joy. No wonder it was and still is such a big hit.
Don’t miss this analysis by Vox trying to figure out what makes Mariah’s 1994 song sound so “christmassy”.